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The Hunger Games Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
The movie is oddly blithe about its central premise. How can this movie set up this monstrous society and this brutal game of genocide and expect us to not only cheer for someone to "win," but also hope she finds someone to kiss in the end?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 30, 2012
A retread of a tale that's The Running Man meets Lord of the Flies with a dash of Twilight for tween-adoring measure.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 25, 2012
Pulls its punches, content to be a glossy entertainment.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 22, 2012
The first book of Suzanne Collins's prodigiously popular trilogy has been brought to the screen with a Jumbotron sensibility, a shaky camera to emphasize the action and a shakier grip on the subject's emotional core.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
April 13, 2012
What works on the page may not translate to the screen. That's always been the challenge of bringing a writer's vision to the movies. It all comes back to "suspension of disbelief."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 20, 2012
ADD auds won't mind that there's no time to get to know anybody, or watch a relationship unfold, or ride the dramatic rise and swell of a compelling narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
March 29, 2012
A cheap looking, drab film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 24, 2012
The cinematic visualisation of the upper class of Pinem - is painted with a surrealist brush that Salvador Dali might have dropped (but).. falls short of expectations, registering a low emotional score despite all that is at stake
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 21, 2012
One of the problems, I think, is that given that the books were aimed at young women, I think the filmmakers have been terrified at making anything too violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 21, 2012
A lot has been lost in the translation, which is a shame because there is the potential there for this intrepid young woman and Jennifer Lawrence has an amazing screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2012
Lawrence and the character she plays are excellent. But the movie's story is told poorly, too slowly and with little momentum
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games lacks a compelling raison d'Ítre -- it's not much of a class critique, and even less successful as an inter-generational study of how the young struggle against the old.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
March 22, 2012
Director Muddles Games.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 20, 2012
[VIDEO] Everything about "The Hunger Games" is a rehash. If not for Jennifer Lawrence's ever-commanding performance, there would be no redeeming value for a movie that goes on two-and-a-half hours too long.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 22, 2012
So terrible it might, with antiquity, become a camp masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
March 20, 2012
Fatally emasculated by the need to appease young fans. The premise alone carries it so far, but cinematically speaking, it's a non-event.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 13, 2012
For those unacquainted with the novel, it's a narratively unsatisfying - not to mention visually static - affair, regardless of how much Jennifer Lawrence holds her own.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 24, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 22, 2012
Maybe 'The Hunger Games' series will deepen with further adaptations, but the series is off to a pretty pedestrian start.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
March 23, 2012
A slick, functional adaptation that seems oddly disengaged from the potential richness of its conceit; more inquisitive minds will find its cinematic adaptation lacking in some crucial respects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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